By Tom Kisken, VC Star.
Nearly 120 healthcare workers at Los Robles hospital in Thousand Oaks are joining a union in a drive some said drew pushback from the employer and was certified Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board.
Pharmacists, clinical laboratory scientists, social workers and other licensed healthcare professionals voted earlier this month to join the SEIU Local 121RN union that currently represents more than 700 registered nurses at Los Robles Health System.
Read more in the VC Star, here.
Welcome to our newest SEIU Local 121RN members at Los Robles Regional Medical Center who formed their union with us with their overwhelming **YES!** vote on December 11, 2019!
CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to our good fight for patient safety and working conditions that allow us to provide the highest quality patient care!
This is a victory not only for ourselves but also our patients. Moving forward as a Union, we will work together to ensure that we have a voice in decisions that affect our patients and our profession.
Dear SEIU Local 121RN Members,
Tuesday, October 9th, our Executive Board (made up of your colleagues chosen by you to represent Union members at each of our hospitals) selected our new Executive Director, who will work with me and the other Officers and Executive Board to lead our Union. After a thorough, months-long interview process and a selection vote, the Executive Board selected Rosanna Mendez, currently our Union’s Chief of Staff, as Executive Director.
Rosanna will begin her new role in January and will work with me, the other Officers and our full Executive Board to continue the work of building our Union strength in all of our hospitals and at the state capitol.
Rosanna brings 17 years of experience in the labor movement, including more than 15 with SEIU and nearly six here at 121RN. At 121RN, she has worked alongside and shared responsibility with our Executive Director, Sue Weinstein, in a shared vision to improve representation, bargain strong contracts, strengthen our Steward training and recruitment program, and strategically grow our political and member activism campaigns to win solid Nurse and patient laws in Sacramento.
I have worked closely with Rosanna and I know she will bring her incredible energy and deep commitment to leadership growth and development to this important role in our Union.
As Executive Director, Rosanna will supervise the day-to-day operations of the Union, including supervision of Union staff, fiscal management of the Local, and accurate maintenance of membership data. A full description of this role can by found in Article 7 of our Union’s Constitution and Bylaws.
Please join me in welcoming Rosanna into her new role.
And I know you all join me in thanking our longtime Executive Director Sue Weinstein for her many years of service to building this Local during very challenging times. We look forward to our continued work with her until the end of the year, while she transitions out of her role and into the next chapter of her life. We wish you all the best, Sue!
|Gayle Batiste President,
SEIU Local 121RN
RN, CNOR, Northridge
Questions? Contact our Steward or Union Rep/Organizer
Corey Clark, RN, BSN at (213) 247-4585 or email@example.com
Congratulations to our new Los Robles Hospital Chapter Officers and Executive Board Representatives! Our Officers and Executive Board Representatives will work hard to ensure that our Union contract is followed and that we are informed of and involved in what’s happening in our Union.
Questions? Contact a Union Steward or our Union Representative
Corey Clark, RN, BSN at (213) 247-4585, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 121RN Bylaws state that the “Executive Board shall be composed of Local Union officers, all Chapter Presidents, or permanent designee, plus one elected Representative for every 400 members, or portion thereof…” Elected Representatives are paid a stipend for their service and may also be Chapter Officers.
It’s time to elect chapter officers and 1 voting members to represent Los Robles Hospital members at the Executive Board. Chapter Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer are not automatic members of the Executive Board, and are welcome to run for a representative position.
All Executive Board Representatives:
Additional details available. If interested, please talk with a Union Steward or our Union Representative.
“We won a good contract, now we have to enforce it! As a member of the Bargaining Team, it was great to feel everyone’s support—including many RN’s who got involved for the first time. I encourage you to help us enforce this new contract by becoming a Union Steward! The next training is at our Union Hall on January 17.”
A large majority of us voted “yes” to ratify our new contract, which goes into effect immediately. This contract would not have happened without the immense involvement of hundreds of united, powerful nurses who elected and supported our Bargaining Team, participated in photo actions, sticker-up days, our info picket and our overwhelming unity in calling for a strike!
Questions? Contact one of our Bargaining Team members or our Union Representative Corey Clark, RN, BSN: (213) 247-4585, email@example.com
Our contract campaign and our efforts to pass our whistleblower protection law have united us like never before! Let’s keep the Nurse Power momentum going by staying united about the things that matter to all of us and staying involved: